Start A WordPress Blog
Have you thought about starting a WordPress blog but are on the fence because you’re not sure how?
Today, I will show you how to move from the idea of creating a blog to having one. You can start a money-making blog in just a few minutes and as low as a couple of dollars a month!
Starting a WordPress blog has been one of the best things for me. I’m able to work from home, I can travel whenever I want, and it gives me a flexible schedule.
There are some start-up costs but by creating a blog you can monetize it. I was able to make back the money fairly quickly that I paid out for Hosting and the Domain Name.
Hosting is important when starting a WordPress blog. Choosing the wrong hosting company could mean slower loading times, or worse, downtime. I can say from experience; that SiteGround has excellent customer service and lower hosting fees. Plus free extras that I paid for with my other hosting company.
SiteGround is one of the top web hosting companies, and you can start your hosting with them for as little as $3.95 a month for the StartUp program. But for $5.95 (this price is 60% percent off) you can get the GrowBig plan, which I recommend. It allows for double the amount of traffic, which you reach relatively quickly within the year.
The GrowBig Plan also has a few extras like -WP Super Cache (helps the site run faster), 1-year free Wildcard SSL (encrypts data and displays the lock in your address bar to assure visitors your site is safe), and you can have multiple websites on the GrowBig Plan.
You will also need to pay for your Domain Name (the name of your site) which is $14.95 a year.
“Domain name registration is the act of reserving a name on the Internet for a certain period, usually one year. It is important to know that this domain will remain yours for as long as you renew it and there is no way to purchase a domain name forever.”- Siteground.com
At this point, you might be wondering, “Why would I want to pay for any of this when I can go to Blogger and set one up for free. ” Don’t do it, I’ll save you some time, and I’ll tell you why.
First, I know of someone who had their site set up at Blogger and one year down the road she woke up and her site was gone. Blogger decided to do away with it, and because she did not own it, she lost a year of blogging.
Having a WordPress blog means you have control over all aspects of the site.
But mainly, if you plan to make money off your blog whether it’s freelancing or turning it into a business then it needs to be a WordPress Blog and paying for Hosting (with a company like SiteGround) is IMPORTANT.
Not only will you have control over your advertisements, affiliate links, and direct advertisement but you will look more professional. Most companies and advertisers steer clear of the free blogging platforms which tend to make it very difficult to monetize.
Before starting the technical process for your new website, it is important to decide on the purpose of that site. Also, known as your niche.
Now I want you to think about all the things that you are passionate about and write them down. Now go back through the list and circle a few of the ideas that could be potentially monetized. Meaning, if it’s gardening you are passionate about then you could review/promote gardening tools.
There are several ways to monetize a site:
- Selling your own products (e-books, courses, printables)
- Being an affiliate for someone else’s products, even doing both.
- Sponsored posts
Now, after you have narrowed down your niche; it’s time to pick a name for your site. Pick several, because it’s likely that some are already gone.
I don’t even remember how I came up with my name, but it’s pretty long, so I recommend something shorter and easily understood. I constantly have to spell my site out for people when talking, for them to get it, not fun.
Here are two sites that can help you find a Domain name that hasn’t been taken yet: Bustaname and Leandomainsearch Your Domain name can be bought at sites like these separately, or you can purchase them together at SiteGround.
For convenience sake, I keep them together because they will be billed together the next year and it’s one less thing I have to worry about remembering to pay the next year.
Once you find a .com that you’re happy with and it’s available, then you are ready to start your WordPress Blog on SiteGround.
Click here to start a WordPress blog on SiteGround, then use the tutorial below for easy directions.
Next, you will see the Page Below. Click on the GrowBig Button. I’m not sure how long the hosting sale will be 60% off so I would take advantage of it soon. They will bill you for the whole year up front, but it breaks down to the sale price of $5.95 a month.
You might see a page (like the one below; it will ask for the same information). At the bottom (which is cut off), it will have one difference, it will ask about a few optional things such as Domain Privacy.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting the Domain Privacy; it’s around $12. SiteGround says it’s optional, but by registering a Domain Name, your personal information, including your name, email, and phone number become publicly available through Whois services. The only way to protect your privacy and avoid spam, telemarketers, personal theft and other fraud is to use the Domain Privacy Service, which hides your personal data.
Now review and pay. Just, wait for the email with your login information so that you can log in at SiteGround and head over to your Cpanel.
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WordPress runs the back side of the site. WordPress is how you can add beautiful theme designs, pictures, and posts. Just click the auto-installer and fill out any necessary information.
It may offer you free themes to choose from, but again you have more control over ones you own. I have and recommend the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes
I’ve had several free themes before, and the Divi theme is by far the best. It allows you to make some changes on the front side of the theme, meaning you can see the changes as you’re doing it.
The Divi theme comes with various ways to improve my site if I want a different look and the support is great.
Elegant Themes (which owns Divi) has tutorials on their site to help people and a forum to ask questions. I asked for help recently, and they resolved my issue within minutes. I love having the support (which you don’t get with free).
How to Navigate to WordPress and Tips:
- To sign into your WordPress account, you will want to save the WordPress login information that you receive in a separate email. You will receive this email after you complete the installation. You will want to keep this email safe. This email will include your username, password and the WordPress login URL (your URL is separate from everyone else’s, and it’s the only way you can access your WordPress account). It’s usually
- You can add and create new posts by clicking on “Posts” on the left-hand side when you are logged in. If you want to add a page, just click on “Page.” “Page” is where you will add sections like, About Me or Contact Me and they stay stationary.
- If you want to add an image, click on “Media” on the left-hand side.
- You can go to “Appearance,” then “Widgets” to add items to your sidebar, footer, and so on.
- If you are looking into the Theme design of your blog, I love the Divi Theme. I use the Divi Theme on my blog, and I highly recommend it. If you want to use the free themes just go to “Appearance” on the left-hand side when you are logged into your WordPress website and click on “Themes,” then activate whichever one you are interested in testing out. By doing this, you can start designing your site today and upgrade later.
- If you are looking for a way to send newsletters or emails to your readers, I recommend ConvertKit. It is important to start working on your list building from the beginning.
- And Finally, check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, to learn how to monetize your blog. Michelle
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